Our first project. Let’s just call it The Seed.

It consists of a wood gasifier, a generator, and a hydraulic press. It puts these three technologies in synthesis and onto a trailer for off-grid mobility. Together, they provide carbon neutral fuel, electricity, and sustainable building materials.

The Seed began with the gasifier.

The use case was a 30' school bus that had been converted to be a self-sufficient living space.

Accordingly, the gasifier (shown in green) needed to meet a range of daily needs: Not just on-demand automotive fuel, but also stationary power generation, potable water heating, and heated air.

These requirements have been carried through and expanded into the present state of the project.


The Seed is a Scaled-Up Swiss Army Tool for Sustainable, Off-Grid Living.

With a gasifier you can provide heat, drive your car, or run a generator using wood or plant waste for fuel.

With a hydraulic press, you can create sustainable compressed earth block architecture, prepare a variety of fuel sources, and even press your own cooking oil from nuts and seeds.

These technologies are not new, and there are many excellent examples by individuals and organizations alike.

The novelty of this project is to maximize their useful traits for off-grid living, to make several pointed innovations, and to put their respective "inputs" and "outputs" into as wasteless a synthesis as possible. Aditionally, our ethical goal is to make all of the research and final plans available Free and Open Source.

Designs are currently being developed, prototyped and tested. Read on to learn more about the project, its progress, and how you can get involved!


The Seed is a Scaled-Up Swiss Army Tool for Sustainable, Off-Grid Living.

With a gasifier you can provide heat, drive your car, or run a generator using wood or plant waste for fuel.

With a hydraulic press, you can create sustainable compressed earth block architecture, prepare a variety of fuel sources, and even press your own cooking oil from nuts and seeds.

These technologies are not new, and there are many excellent examples by individuals and organizations alike.

The novelty of this project is to maximize their useful traits for off-grid living, to make several pointed innovations, and to put their respective "inputs" and "outputs" into as wasteless a synthesis as possible. Aditionally, our ethical goal is to make all of the research and final plans available Free and Open Source.

Designs are currently being developed, prototyped and tested. Read on to learn more about the project, its progress, and how you can get involved!

Gasifier Generator Hydraulic Press
Supply woodgas fuel to vehicles Supply power to hydraulic press Produce compressed fuel briquettes from wood dust, shavings, and other combustible rubbish
Supply woodgas to generators, small engines and outdoor (or vented) gas appliances Power tools, appliances, devices and charge battery banks Shear wood scrap to fuel-size pieces for gasifier
Use “waste” thermal energy to heat water for cooking, bathing, radiant heat, or distilling essential oils Produce Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB) to create sustainable buildings
Use “waste” wood ash to stabilize earth blocks Cold-press oil from seeds, nuts, olives and citrus peels
Use “waste” wood ash for natural fertilizer
Use “waste” wood ash to make potash for use in, e.g. soapmaking
Synthesize oil, gasoline and diesel from organic or plastic waste via secondary pyrolysis chamber

A Step Towards Local

The Seed aims to cut reliance on Big Oil, grid electricity, and commercial building materials. (It's not cliche if you do it!) The hope is that families and communities can incorporate The Seed into their own self-sufficient models and contribute towards building stronger local economies.

The Seed is also a way for us to meet these communities. When it's complete, the project will serve as an educational tool and segue to future projects.


It's Carbon-Neutral.

The gasifier uses biofuels, not fossil fuels. This means that the emitted carbon was already in the "fast carbon" cycle and would have been released into the atmosphere by the plant's eventual decomposition anyhow. This is different from oil, coal and other fossil fuels which rapidly release "slow carbon" that took our Earth millions of years to sequester.

But shouldn't we be planting trees, not burning them?

Yes! Planting a tree starts a life cycle of carbon sequestration. Cutting down a tree exposes decades, or even centuries of the tree's sequestered carbon to atmospheric reabsorption. It may not be adding to the "fast carbon" cycle like fossil fuels do, but it still disrupts the short-term carbon sinks of our living forests. More importantly, industrial deforestation is environmentally unsustainable and ecologically destructive.

But you can make the gasifier carbon-neutral by sourcing fuel sustainably. Collect dead or dying wood, forestry waste, and industrial byproducts – even cow dung! Why not? You can also create compressed fuel bricks using the hydraulic press! This opens the window to a much wider range of fuel materials; paper, sawdust, grasses, and blends of liquid biofuels.


It's already begun!

We're about 70% done with the fabrication of a gasifier prototype to be tested on a 7+ ton vehicle with a 7.4L/454cu engine. See how you can support the project here!


Gasifier (re)Design Objectives

As mentioned, there are a variety of good gasifier designs already out there, but there was nothing that met the project's specific needs. By redesigning the gasifier from the bottom up we're able to address these needs and make everything available Free and Open Source.


Customizing the Hydraulic Press

Hydraulic presses are mechanical mainstays with endless practical applications across many fields. The challenge for The Seed is to make several of these uses coexist in one piece of equipment, and to have that piece of equipment be as efficient, compact and affordable as possible.

The press is still in the preliminary design phase. The rendering you see in the above images is a hybridized study of mass-produced Compressed Stabilized Earth Block presses.



That's it for now. Stay tuned, and thanks for your time and interest!

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